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Baxter debuts enteral nutrition ENFit Syringe

Published 16 February 2017

Baxter International, a global leader in nutrition therapy, announced the expansion of its nutrition care portfolio to include the new enteral ENFit syringe and accessory line for patients requiring tube feeding.

Baxter’s enteral ENFit syringes are designed to improve patient safety during enteral nutrition (EN) therapy by preventing misconnections or wrong-route administration, which can cause severe patient injury.

Baxter is initiating a global introduction of ENFit enteral syringes, debuting the new portfolio in the United States during the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (ASPEN) Clinical Nutrition Week (CNW) conference, Feb. 18-21, Orlando, Fla.

“Nutrition support therapy is a critical part of patient care, particularly in hospital settings where we know malnutrition is related to longer hospital stays, and higher mortality and readmission rates,” said Scott Luce, general manager, U.S. Hospital Products, Baxter. “Ensuring patients have safe access to nutrition therapy was Baxter’s driving focus in expanding our global nutrition portfolio with enteral ENFit syringes that help prevent wrong-route administration.”

EN therapy delivers vital nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, fats, water, minerals and vitamins directly to the patient’s intestinal tract via a tube. ENFit syringes are designed with a connector that securely locks to the patient’s EN tubing set and a tip to prevent misconnections that result in a wrong-route administration. Tubing misconnections occur when EN feeding bags, tubes or syringes are connected to non-enteral devices, such as intravenous lines and ventilator tubing.

Baxter’s enteral ENFit syringes are designed in seven sizes (ranging from 0.5 mL - 60 mL), to support the needs of neonate to adult patients. The low-dose tip was especially designed to reduce dead space, ensuring accurate delivery of small doses. Baxter also is offering enteral syringe accessories that include five pharmacy bottle caps to facilitate filling, one tip cap to facilitate transportation and one transition connector.

ENFit was designed to the new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 80369-3 certification that was developed in collaboration with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), professional organizations, and clinicians around the world.

Baxter plans to launch its enteral ENFit syringes and accessories in the United States, Canada, select European countries, Australia and New Zealand in 2017.

Source: Company Press Release